BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) Joseph Kennedy III has won the race in the Fourth Congressional District.
Kennedy faced Republican candidate Sean Bielat in one of the most-watched races in Massachusetts. He will be taking over for the retiring Rep. Barney Frank.
Kennedy released a statement shortly after his victory thanking his "grassroots operation that refused to slow down or take one day for granted."
"We came together because we believe in the simple, American idea that hard work pays off; that each of us deserves the opportunity to succeed. That promise has guided me through this race and is what I will fight for every day down in Washington," he continued. "I am proud to address the 4th District tonight as their next U.S. Congressman, humbled by the incredible show of support, and ready to get to work."
At the end of the statement, Kennedy thanked Bielat for his hard-fought campaign and his lifelong commitment to public service. Kennedy also thanked the thousands of volunteers across the district that worked tireless throughout the campaign.
Bielat released a statement congratulating Kennedy on his win.
"Hope and I offer our congratulations to Joe Kennedy on his victory tonight. Joe and I both ran strong campaigns and did a good job of staying focused on the issues," says Bielat.
Bielat also remained optimistic about his campaign's impact on Massachusetts.
"We may have lost this race, but every time a Republican puts up a strong race against the Democratic machine in Massachusetts, the voters benefit," says Bielat. "Each race encourages more people to get involved in politics, and that's always good."
Bielat ran against Frank for the same seat in 2010. He is a businessman and member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
Kennedy is a former assistant district attorney for Middlesex County's District Attorney's office. He is the grandson of former Attorney General Robert Kennedy.